distrbutor offset

after removing and re-installing the distributor on my 1999 Chevy K1500, the truck would not start. i turned the engine over to have the #1 piston at top dead center, and aligned the rotor to point to
the #1 terminal on the distributor cap, and it started after sputtering a bit. but now the "service engine soon" light is on. i believe i have to get the distributor cam retard offset set with someone that has the tool required (from previous posts), but i was wondering what are the steps they will do to adjust the offset. will they have to remove the cap? lift the distributor? about how much time will they need?
if anybody has any ideas, please post them. thanks a bunch.
r.o.
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"r.o." wrote

If you want someone else to fix the problem, they will need a scan tool, and then they can loosen the distributor hold down clamp and turn the dist while watching the scan tool.
You can also just recheck your alignment, but this time, align the rotor with a small *8* that is cast into the plastic body of the distributor. Don't bother attempting to line up the rotor with what you think is the number one terminal, use the number that is cast into the outside edge of the distributor body. If you align the rotor with that mark at #1 TDC, you should be right on the money.
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